Textbook: Practical Neutron Scattering at a Steady State Source by Tom Heitmann and Wouter Montfrooij

This textbook was written as the companion to our IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) course on neutron scattering at a steady state nuclear reactor. The book should serve the broader purpose of being a quick reference guide for those who will perform neutron scattering experiments, especially for the first time.

Our aim is to provide a conceptual understanding of the technique of neutron scattering, an understanding that should allow users to successfully plan, carry out and analyze scattering experiments in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and geology. As such, the book is light on equations.

Given the different backgrounds and interests we aimed to serve, we started out this booklet at a rather basic level, perhaps unbecoming of a graduate course. The introductory chapters can easily be skipped by those already familiar with the essentials of modern physics, such as wave particle duality and interference effects. Notwithstanding these limitations in scope, we hope that the reader will enjoy this booklet and we certainly welcome any and all feedback.

A pdf of the textbook is available here.

If you would like a hard copy of the textbook, please contact Dr. Wouter Montfrooij at

Websites of University Partners

University of Missouri Research Reactor Center

Indiana University Low Energy Neutron Source

North Carolina State University Meilleur Laboratory

Fisk University Materials Science and Applications Group

Websites of National Laboratory Partners

National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Neutron Sciences